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Wednesday 20 June 2012

Drogba set to sign for Shanghai

Forward agrees to join Shanghai Shenhua when his Chelsea contract runs out

Striker Didier Drogba (right) would join up with ex-Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka in China

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed he will be moving to China to play for Shanghai Shenhua when his contract at Stamford Bridge runs out at the end of the month.

The Ivory Coast striker revealed last month that he was leaving Chelsea for a new challenge after nearly eight years with the west London club.

He looks set to be re-united with Nicolas Anelka, who left Chelsea for Shanghai in January.

Drogba told his official website: "I can confirm that I have signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua FC. I will join up with the team next month.

"I am looking forward to a new challenge, to experiencing a new culture"
- Didier Drogba

"I have considered all offers I have received in the past few weeks, but feel that Shanghai Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time.

"I am looking forward to a new challenge, to experiencing a new culture and excited about the new developments in the Chinese Super League."
Drogba, who signed for Chelsea from Marseille in July 2004, scored 101 Barclays Premier League goals for Chelsea and won three League titles.

He is the club's fourth all-time highest scorer and ended his Chelsea career by grabbing a vital goal in the Champions League final and then converting the decisive spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out to win the competition for the first time in Chelsea's history.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has announced he will be retiring from international football.

The captain of Ukraine, who spent three years at Stamford Bridge, came on as a substitute against England at UEFA Euro 2012 but could not help his side progress to the knock-out stages.

He will play a friendly match to thank Ukraine's fans before quitting the international scene.

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Key Points

  • Didier Drogba announces he will be joining Shanghai Shenhua in China
  • Will team up with ex-Chelsea strike partner Nicolas Anelka
  • Former Chelsea forward Andriy Shevchenko retires from internationals